On Maintaining Consistency of Process Model Variants

  • Emilian Pascalau
  • Ahmed Awad
  • Sherif Sakr
  • Mathias Weske
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 66)

Abstract

Today’s enterprises are dynamic where many variances of business process models can exist due to several reasons such as: the need to target different customer types, rely on particular IT systems or comply with specific country regulations. Automated maintenance of the consistency between process variants is an important goal that saves the time and efforts of process modelers. In this paper, we present a query-based approach to maintain consistency among process variants. We maintain the link between the variant process models by means of defining process model views. These views are defined using, BPMN-Q, a visual query language for business process models. Therefore, dynamic evaluation for the defined queries of the process views guarantee that the process modeler is able to get up-to-date and consistent status of the process model. In addition, our view-based approach allows the building of a holistic view of related variants of the same process model.

Keywords

Business process design Reuse Querying business processes Process variants 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emilian Pascalau
    • 1
  • Ahmed Awad
    • 1
  • Sherif Sakr
    • 2
  • Mathias Weske
    • 1
  1. 1.Hasso-Plattner-InstituteUniversity of PotsdamGermany
  2. 2.National ICT Australia (NICTA)University of New South WalesAustralia

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